The Rathmines A team played Gonzaga last night (Thursday 7th February 2008), looking for a big win to give us a chance of moving up on the leaders, Kilkenny and Phibsboro A. Gonzaga have been having difficulty fielding a full team all year, so have conceded lots of easy points. However, despite their lowly status in the table, they are a formidable team, with players like Eoghan Casey (1871), Andrew Cooper (2148), Ray Byrne (1947), Gordon Freeman (2074), and David Murray (2019). Last night, they supplemented their team with Eoin Spring, who it appears was once an under-age Irish international player, although he hasn’t played for a while.
We registered three wins, with Derek continuing his fine form, Leon winning on board 8 against a young opponent, and John also winning. Tony eventually drew a tense and often uncomfortable game against Eoin Spring, while Mel also drew.
Despite having many winning opportunities, both Killian and Darren succumbed in the end to losses. These were the crucial results.
The end result was a disappointing 4 -4 draw. With a bit of luck for Killian and Darren, we might have pulled off a 6 – 2 win, but as it is, probably a fair enough reflection of the relative teams’ strengths on the night. Full result card to follow when I get it.